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Typhoon Haiyan: Supporting Vulnerable Children and Families

As world news increasingly enters our consciousness through a variety of media platforms, particular events of great humanitarian crisis prompt us to take pause and reflect upon our own humanity, and offer support. Super-Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the central region of the Philippines last week, is one of those events. The extent of the crisis is still unfolding, but the number of deaths has been estimated at over 10,000, and the number of individuals now displaced and homeless is in the hundreds of thousands. Up to 7,000 schools have been damaged. Particularly vulnerable during emergencies are children, many of whom are separated from their families, in need of food, water, and shelter, and traumatized by loss of loved ones and a sense normalcy. As Typhoon Haiyan brings the children of the Philippines to the forefront of our consciousness, we are reminded that children around the world are at-risk while living in conflict-affected regions, areas with persistent violence, and other locations impacted by natural disaster. Children are vulnerable and are even being directly targeted as a result of ongoing conflict in some regions, such as the Middle East and North Africa.

The Association for Childhood Education International encourages you to reach out and help those children and families affected by Typhoon Haiyan and also keep in mind programs that provide long-term support toward the education, development, and protection of children and their basic rights worldwide. If this crisis moves you to donate to an organization, please consider periodic donations for their work in the future. ACEI also acknowledges that contributions in the form of donations to emergency relief such as for Typhoon Haiyan are a very personal decision. Below are some suggested ways to help the immediate response to the disaster and provide long-term support to vulnerable children and families throughout the world.

InterAction Crisis List

InterAction aggregates a comprehensive list of NGOs that are supporting rescue, relief, and rebuilding efforts in the communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan, as well as long-term rehabilitation of the people. See their list by clicking here.

Global Impact Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund

Global Impact established the Typhoon Haiyan Relief fund to address critical humanitarian needs in the hardest hit regions. Contributions to the fund will support the rescue, relief, and rebuilding efforts of Global Impact’s vetted alliance of 25 agencies. Donate to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund by clicking here.


UNICEF works in over 190 countries helping children survive, protecting them from harm, and facilitating access to education. Children all over the world need support, and UNICEF relies entirely on voluntary donations to help them. To donate to UNICEF, please click here.